Michael Phelps made history no doubt with his historic Guinness Book eligible wins for most medals won in an Olympic swimming event. To retire with as the most decorated Olympian of all times winning 22 medals is a feat no person may ever accomplish again for any sport never mind the exhausting sport of competitive swimming. Of the 22 medals, 18 were gold. Phelps took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games and won in the Summer Olympics in London, four golds and two silver medals.
But there are still two very interesting wins and historic feats cannot go unmentioned. The gymnastic victory wins by Jewish American Aly Raisman and African American Gaby Douglas. Both young women made historic memories for all Americans, as well as, for their people of their ethnic backgrounds. The two gone down in history as helping the American Summer Olympic female gymnastic team make historic memories for the world over to witness.
Over twenty years ago, America rode high over having the first African American to represent them for a Gold medal in the gymnastic sport. Even more, was the overwhelming era of very tragic events going on in America that included killings of several African American men by police officers and other separations between races that made for her win to bring a sense of a peaceful tone by helping to pull people together as Americans that made for a moment of silence to aid in peace among the people of the land.
Taken completely from Wikipedia, about African American history maker Dominique Margaux Dawes was:
"10-year member of the US national gymnastics team, the 1994 US all-around senior National Champion, a three-time Olympian, a World Championships silver medalist and a member of the gold-medal winning "Magnificent Seven" at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Dominique Dawes was the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in artistic gymnastic and the first black person to win an Olympic gold in gymnastics. She is also one of only three female American gymnasts, to compete in three Olympics and be part of three Olympic medal-winning teams: Barcelona 1992 (bronze), Atlanta 1996 (gold), and Sydney 2000 (bronze). Dawes is the first female gymnast to be a part of three Olympic medal winning teams since Lyudmila Turischeva won gold in Mexico City (1968), Munich (1972), and Montreal (1976)."
These are a lot of accomplishments and indeed more than in some cases that any female gymnast has accomplished. That was over 20 years ago. Now in 2012, African American Gabby Douglas would come along as the second African-American female gymnast to make global history with more first accomplishments as a woman of color.
BLACK JEWISH 2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS for AMERICA II
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